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Man jailed for possession of knife in central London

News   •   Mar 18, 2021 08:05 GMT

[JAILED: Ocean Rowe]

A teenager has been sentenced for attempted grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place in relation to an incident in Oxford Street last summer.

Ocean Rowe, 18 (11.11.02) of Tabard Gardens, Southwark, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 17 March where he was sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

Rowe had previously pleaded guilty to both charges at Highbury Corner Youth Court on Thursday, 17 December 2020.

Police were called at 17:38hours on Saturday, 8 August 2020 to reports of a group armed with weapons involved in an altercation.

Rowe was seen to brandish a machete and to chase another man.

One of his male associates that was with him, Jeremy Chalarca-Meneses, 17, was fatally stabbed following the altercation on Oxford Street.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin from Specialist Crime said: “This incident resulted in the loss of a young man’s life and demonstrates more than ever the urgency to remove knives from the hands of those who would use them to harm others.

“An everyday item used for everyday tasks that in unsafe hands can become a dangerous and sinister weapon.

“I hope that the sentence handed down today sends a clear message that anyone who decides to carry a knife can expect to pay for that decision with their liberty.”

+ No one is currently charged with the murder of Jeremy Chalarca-Meseses - enquiries remain ongoing.